Sharon Tuscano is the owner and operator of Olympia Healing Arts. Ms. Tuscano has been part of the holistic community since the 1970’s.
One question I am always asked is “How did you come to want to get into this field?”
As a child I was always sick. Dizzy and weak most of the time, couldn’t play much. In 1970 I met a wonderful woman named Fran Metz who lived in Cinnaminson at the time. I had received reflexology treatments from her and wonderful educational conversations. My feet were soooo bad that I gripped the arm rails of the chair when she worked on me. She said that my feet should not be that bad – I was too young! She had asked a lot of questions, from which I had learned that my diet growing up had created the body that I then had. Fran introduced me to juicing to help clean my body and rebuild my health (I had suffered from chronic constipation). She also took me to have colonics at the Clymer Clinic in Quakertown, educated me on the value of FRESH vegetables, how to steam them, even how to make a salad! She literally turned my life around by teaching me sound diet principles. About this time I also met Frankie Avalon’s mother, right now I can’t recall her name (I think her first name might be Rosemary – she is still giving classes in the Marlton area, if you are her reading this Please call me!) who was giving cooking classes using a special set of cookware that allowed you to quickly steam vegetables. It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot more about cooking healthy from her.
The next turning point was when I became pregnant with my second child. I had morning sickness with her 24/7! The doctor gave me medicine to help stop it because it was so out of control. I was happy to have food stay down even though I still felt weak and dizzy, so I thought this was a good thing . . . well my daughter was born with jaundice. They sent me home and kept her to get the billirubin (Spelling?) light treatments for the jaundice. Sent home, I tidy up preparing for my baby’s homecoming when I found the information paper that came with the medicine I was taking for the morning sickness. I found out that the medicine creates a Vitamin B-6 deficiency. So off I go to the health food store to buy books on Vitamins and our health. I had devoured those books. Adelle Davis “Let’s Have Healthy Children” was one of the key ones. Anyway, my researched taught me that B-6 deficiency (also called anemnia — anemnia isn’t just for B-12!) creates dizziness and weakness – the symptoms I was experiencing during the time the doctor had me on the medication. Then I decided to look up jaundice and GUESS WHAT??? B-6 deficiency!!!! Being post-partum did I cry! I felt by taking the medicine so that I could hold down food, I had caused my baby’s jaundice. Now I know it wasn’t the end of the world, but I was thinking – what if it could have been prevented??? Believe me, by my third child I did things differently!
So for the next decade or two, I was passionate about studying vitamins and minerals. After that I’ve been studying herbs and how they can assist us in healing. Did you know that most of our drugs come from plants? The researchers find the active constituent in the herb that works and replicates it in the labs to come up with a drug. Now that is fine and it works, but a lot of the time the drugs produce side effects usually depleting us of critical nutrients which in turn could cause other problems. Now it is my belief that drugs are needed in certain situations, however, what happens when you use herbs is phenomenal. God gave us the herbs to use in a whole form. The plant contains other “factors” that work together in the body eliminating side effects. Naturopathic Doctors would align with this belief, some medical doctors are skeptical.
Native American Indians understood this concept of healing. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to go on a medicine walk with a Native Indian Medicine Women in Canada where she pointed out the various plants and how they help us. It was very validating for me, we shared information and even sang the Cherokee morning song together!
Intrigued yet?? There’s more . . .
In 1985 I was in a car accident that produced major neck and upper back pain. I dutifully took the pain meds and muscle relaxants. After being zombied out for a few weeks and not getting any better I searched out alternative methods. Chiropractic treatments helped a lot, but didn’t totally get rid of the pain. I was introduced to a wonderful massage therapist and started receiving regular treatments. This is what made a difference for me. I was introduced to massage therapy years earlier, but I had to go into the city for the sessions. This therapist was much closer. Through my experiences with the two massage therapists, I just KNEW this was what I was to do. I was taught how the fear from the accident was still being held in my muscles, I had learned how to deep breathe to help release the tension, I had learned how we “stuff” our emotions in our bodies, etc. etc. I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.
I truly believe that I am doing the work that God had planned for me. Every client is a blessing and a teacher to me. I am always learning, it is not something that I will ever be done with.
AMTA member since 1994
National Certification in Massage and Bodywork since 1994
Somerset School of Massage Therapy 550 hours 1994
Certification in NeuroMuscular Therapy 1994
Certification in Esogetic Colorpuncture 2003
Certification in Manual Lymph Drainage, Therapist I, 1997
Overlight Spiritual Psychology Facilitator 2006
Intrinsic Coach October 2009
Certified Qigong Instructor Level I
I have completed studying EMF Balancing Technique with Claudia Hinz. The first four phases of the EMF Balancing Technique creates an energetic foundation to support your ability to co-create the most enlightened life you can. The energy of the session is generated through the human to human connection and the results are determined by the inner wisdom of you, the client.
Additional Classes for Massage & Healing
Orthopedic Functional Assessment with Whitney Lowe, Orthopedic Massage Thoraic Outlet and Frozen Shoulder Release with James Waslaski, Advances in NeuroMuscular Therapy Techniques, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Erik Dalton, Clinical Massage for Athletics with Pat Archer, Core Workshop, Aromatic Body Stone Therapy, Massage and Movement, Ethics & Professionalism, Ear Candling
Weight Training Certification for hand weights, Intro to Body Rolling,
Innovative Spa Treatments
Energy Healing/Spiritual Workshops
Transpersonal Body Mind Studies , Pranic Healing Course, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master, Therapeutic Touch, Transformational Healing